Will UAE Become New Center of Space Tourism

Middle East supplement: UAE ready to enter the space age
Flight International

Spaceflight could be the next frontier for the United Arab Emirates’ burgeoning aerospace and aviation sector. The country is already building the world’s biggest airport. Now it could be home to one of the first spaceports from which suborbital trips will be launched early next decade.

Virgin Galactic, which aims to launch its first suborbital flight from its New Mexico base in the next two years, is in talks with the UAE government about building one of a network of spaceports. One-time rival Space Adventures had already announced in 2006 that it was in talks about establishing a spaceport at Ras Al Khaimah, a small emirate north of Dubai, but its plans appear to have foundered.

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